Detection and Evaluation of Driver Distraction Using Machine Learning and Fuzzy Logic

In addition to vehicle control, drivers often perform secondary tasks that impede driving. Reduction of driver distraction is an important challenge for the safety of intelligent transportation systems. In this paper, a methodology for the detection and evaluation of driver distraction while performing secondary tasks is described and an appropriate hardware and a software environment is offered and studied. The system includes a model of normal driving, a subsystem for measuring the errors from the secondary tasks, and a module for total distraction evaluation. A new machine learning algorithm defines driver performance in lane keeping and speed maintenance on a specific road segment. To recognize the errors, a method is proposed, which compares normal driving parameters with ones obtained while conducting a secondary task. To evaluate distraction, an effective fuzzy logic algorithm is used. To verify the proposed approach, a case study with driver-in-the-loop experiments was carried out, in which participants performed the secondary task, namely chatting on a cell phone. The results presented in this research confirm its capability to detect and to precisely measure a level of abnormal driver performance.


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  • Accession Number: 01709805
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TLIB, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2019 2:53PM